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Bundestag is allowed to view Windows source code

Bundestag is allowed to view Windows source code

For months, experts all over Germany have been asking themselves: 'Is an operating system whose code I do not know safe?' The discussion as to whether the use of Windows poses a security risk that should not be underestimated was given new impetus by the suggestion to switch to the Linux open source project.

Now Microsoft has offered an insight into the Windows source code to avoid any doubts to get out of the way. Not an innovation in itself, because the code has been supplied to large companies and academic institutions for ten years, according to Microsoft. The group hopes that political institutions in Germany will convert to Windows 2000 or XP and not 'overflow' to Linux in the next year when support for the Windows NT system that has been used up to now expires. However, according to current studies, the federal government could save around 250 million marks with Linux. All over Germany, five billion marks could be invested in other projects.